Rag Radio 2011-10-07 - Activist/Journalist Jonah Raskin, Author of 'Marijuanaland'
Jonah Raskin has written about cannabis politics and culture since the 1970s. His latest book is Marijuanaland: Dispatches from an American War. Set in California's Emerald Triangle during the unsuccessful Prop. 19 campaign to legalize some marijuana possession, the book looks at marijuana-influenced culture, politics, economics, medicine, and law. Raskin has authored 12 books, including biographies of Allen Ginsberg, Abbie Hoffman, and Jack London, and he created the story and characters for the stoner movie Homegrown. A professor at Sonoma State University in northern California, Raskin teaches communication law and American literature. He is a longtime contributor to The Rag Blog and has written for the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and many other publications. Jonah also was active in the Sixties with SDS and the Youth International Party (YIPPIE).
Also joining in this interview is cannabis activist, science writer, and Rag Blog contributing editor Mariann Wizard.
Host and Producer: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz. Rag Radio is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, a cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in cooperation with The Rag Blog (theragblog.blogspot.com) and the New Journalism Project.